Scottish Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit Fund

The Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit (BEAR) programme aims to fit buses and coaches with Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) accredited retrofit technology measures to support the delivery of Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs) by reducing nitrogen dioxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions in Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). BEAR supports the cost of retrofit technology accredited by CVRAS to improve emissions to Euro VI standard or better. 

In 2017/18 the Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit (BEAR) Phase 1 awarded funding grants to seven operators to enable 42 buses and coaches to be converted to Euro VI standard to help reduce pollution levels in Air Quality Management Areas.

In 2018/19 a total of eight successful operators were awarded further funding to retrofit 124 buses and coaches with CVRAS accredited technology through BEAR Phase 2 funding.

BEAR Phase 3 in 2020/21 is awarding the highest amount yet - £9.75 million for Scottish bus and coach operators to retrofit 594 buses and coaches to Euro VI standard. £8.857 million of this is under revised state aid terms which Transport Scotland agreed with the European Commission by notification in May 2020. The remaining £0.893 million funding is awarded based on ‘de minimis’ bids received in March 2020.

Routes will be within one of Scotland’s cities identified in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2017 LEZ commitment (i.e. Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow) and/or one of Scotland’s Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs).

BEAR Phase 3 grants awarded in 2020/21 are:

Operator Buses / Coaches Total Grant awarded
Lothian Buses 188 £2,207,952
First Glasgow 165 £3,099,950
McGills 72 £1,301,790
Scottish Omnibuses Ltd (Stagecoach) 63 £1,148,976
Xplore Dundee (National Express) 21 £392,036
E&M Horsburgh Ltd 9 £171,000
Dochertys Midland Coaches 9 £169,955
Prentice Westwood 9 £171,000
Houstons Coaches 9 £171,000
Edinburgh Coachlines (1) 9 £171,000
Borders Buses Ltd (West Coast Motors) 8 £152,000
Shiel Buses 7 £121,690
Edinburgh Coachlines (2) 5 £91,651
McLeans Coaches 5 £95,000
MacPhails Coaches 4 £76,000
Moffat & Williamson Ltd 3 £57,000
Halls Coaches 3 £57,000
Silverdale Coaches 2 £38,000
Kevin's Coaches Ltd 2 £38,000
Red Bus Bistro Co Ltd 1 £19,000
Total 594 £9,757,000



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